Gunung Suku water surge incident: Human body parts found

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IPOH: Human body parts, suspected to be those of two female climbers who went missing in a water surge while climbing Gunung Suku in Simpang Pulai here yesterday, have been discovered by the search and rescue (SAR) team.

Perak Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) assistant director (Operations) Muhammad Shahrizal Aris said the body parts were found under a pile of wood at 10.20am today.

“We discovered human body parts, which were brought down by the Malaysian Special Tactical Operation and Rescue Team (STORM) before being sent to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital for further action.

“The body parts were located in a different location from the human leg found yesterday afternoon. The leg was discovered in the upper site’s waterfall area, while the body parts were discovered in the lower site,” he said when met by reporters at the Control Post on Scene (PKTK) in Kampung Pos Atap Baru here, today.

Muhammad Shahrizal said a total of 53 personnel from JPBM, police, Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM), Perak State Forestry Department, Perak Mountain Guides Association and the Cameron Highlands RCRC Communication Unit involved in the operation.

Yesterday, Perak police chief Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the two victims were identified as See Su Yen, 32, and Ng Yee Chew, 46.

According to him, during the incident at about 5am, a group of 29 mountain climbers heard the sound of raging water and landslides on the mountain and decided to turn back.

However, he said while on the way down to the foot of the hill, raging waters hit the climbers and the two women mountaineers from Cheras and Klang, Selangor were swept away by strong currents.

He said 27 climbers were later found safe by the rescue team.

Mior Faridalathrash said the incident happened at the Gunung Suku Permanent Forest Reserve which is located about a three-hour walk from the main road and about 32-km drive from the Simpang Pulai police station. − BERNAMA

TAG: JBPM, landslide, female climbers, water surge, Simpang Pulai

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